Karen Throsby, Ph.D. is on the faculty in the Department of Sociology in the University of Warwick in England. Throsby researches issues relating to gender, technology and the body. Her PhD research was on people's experiences of IVF failure, and she is the author of When IVF Fails: Feminism, Infertility and the Negotiation of Normality (Palgrave, 2004). She is currently writing a book on people's experiences of obesity surgery, and is working on an ESRC-funded research project on long distance open water swimmers. Karen convenes the third year module, Technologies of the Gendered Body, and co-convenes the second year module, Transformations. She also teaches on the MA module, Feminist Epistemologies in Action. She is also supervises PhD's in the areas of gender, technology and the body.
Open Water Swimming Career
Throsby has completed the Catalina Channel on 20 July 2011 in 14 hours 11 minutes, the English Channel under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation on 2 September 2010 in 16 hours 9 minutes, Jersey to France on 6 July 2010 under the auspices of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club in 9 hours 0 minutes, 6km Martin Duggan on 16 June 2010 in 1 hour 58 minutes, and Round Jersey on 22 August 2009 in 10 hours 37 minutes.
- Throsby, K. and Roberts, C.(2010) 'Getting bigger: children's bodies, genes and environments' in Nature after the genome, Editors: Parry, S. and Dupré, J. (9781444333961), Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell
- Throsby, K.(2010) Doing what comes naturally...' Negotiating normality in accounts of IVF-failure' in Governing the female body: gender, health, and networks of power, 233 - 252, Editors: Reed, L. and Saukko, P. (9781438429533), Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press
- Throsby, K. and Gimlin, D.(2009) 'Critiquing thinness and wanting to be thin' in Secrecy and silence in the research process: feminist reflections, Editors: Ryan-Flood, R. and Gill, R. (9780415452144), Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge
- Throsby, K.(2009) 'The war on obesity as a moral project: weight loss drugs, obesity surgery and negotiating failure' Science As Culture 18 (2), 201 - 216 (0950-5431)
- Throsby, K.(2009) There's something in my brain that doesn't work properly': Weight loss surgery and the medicalisation of obesity' in Critical feminist approaches to eating dis/orders, 185 - 195, Editors: Malson, H. and Burns, M. (9780415418119), London ; New York: Routledge